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Behind the Scenes: The Roleplaying Guildmaster

Here at the Guildmasters, we seek to explore and examine leadership from guilds of all types. Most traditional guilds tend to focus on raiding and progression which leads to most of our content being based around that. One thing that I’ve always wondered about was the workings of a roleplay guild. How do GMs […]

Raid Communication 101

The first week of a new raid instance tends to be tough. Players aren’t as familiar with the encounters. You can’t rely on gear as much to carry you or overpower the challenges. Raid leaders have to be on the ball when they’re issuing commands while the encounter is live. This weekend, I joined […]

The Long Winded Raid Leader

Have you ever joined a pickup raid where the raid leader literally spends more time explaining the entire encounter then it takes for the encounter itself?

I’ve even heard of certain guild leaders who fall into this trap. Maybe we just like hearing our own voices.

Many a player have fallen into a state of boredom […]

The Healing Officer

Today, we look at the healing officer. Depending on the size of your guild, their responsibilities will range from a small number such as setting up cooldowns on the fly or a broader array such as recruiting and critique.
At the heart of it, a healing officer works with other officers in the raid on […]

Players Feeling Left Out?

Apologies for the extended silence. Between BlizzCon and the new Warlords of Draenor launch, my time has been hard pressed and I couldn’t devote the necessary time or effort as much as I’d liked. Guild leaders are now undergoing a new set of problems. Veteran leaders will have been here before and can handle […]

A Lesson from Great Britain’s Tour de France Team

Welcome to every Tuesday ever. I’m going to help shed a little insight on what goes on behind the scenes here in the war room where we make all these kinds of decisions when it comes to rosters and objectives.

Before raid, we ask ourselves the following questions regarding resets:

Are our experienced/geared tanks here?
Is our […]

Behind the Scenes: Interview with US Ranked No. 2 Guild, Midwinter

The Guildmasters recently had a chance to sit down for an interview with the raid leader of Midwinter, gondlem. Many interviews with players in top tier raiding guilds focus on aspects like their thoughts on classes or the upcoming Warlords of Draenor raids. We were a little more interested in their overall guild operations as […]

By |September 24th, 2014|All, Featured|14 Comments

Is it Time to Re-evaluate Your Guild’s Focus?

This post was resurrected from Chick GM.

So unless you’re living under a rock, then you know they’ve announced the launch date for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – November 13th, 2014. And, unless you’re still under that rock, you also probably know that the 6.0 Public Test Realm servers are now live, and […]

Leadership Responsibilities and You: A Primer

This post was resurrected from Chick GM.
Here at Guild Masters, we talk a lot about what makes a good guild. We also talk a lot about the strong leadership that goes into those good guilds. Sometimes, if we’re feeling nice, we’ll even mention what we mean by “strong leadership” and “good guilds”. However, what […]

Welcome to the Guild Masters!

Our stories are all similar. We’ve been recruits, core members, leaders, officers, and GMs; we’ve lead raids, conquered monsters, and slaughtered enemies; we’ve laughed, we’ve raged, we’ve seen our guilds rise and fall and rise again. But most importantly: We’ve learned. We’ve learned what the best course of action is for dealing with drama, […]

By |September 1st, 2014|All, Featured|1 Comment